Morphlabs Readies All-SSD Private Clouds

By Pedro Hernandez

Los Angeles-based Morphlabs is floating high performance clouds by forgoing disk-based storage for its new mCloud Data Center Unit (DCU). Instead, the company is going all-in on solid-state storage, with some help from Dell.

Aimed at on-premises and hosted private cloud deployments, mCloud leverages Dell's "hyperscale inspired" PowerEdge C5220 servers. PowerEdge C is one of Dell's primary cloud infrastructure hardware lines. Last year, it became the basis of the company's OpenStack Cloud Solution for rapidly deploying computing infrastructures based on the open source cloud platform.

Today, Dell sees its technology as a validation of its cloud strategy.

"Morphlabs has successfully pre-integrated compute, storage and networking into its mCloud solutions," said Steve Cumings, executive director of Dell Data Center Solutions (DCS), in a company statement. "We're thrilled they chose the power of Dell’s PowerEdge C5220 microserver as the basis of their converged platform for running mission-critical applications," he adds.

In some ways, it's also a validation of the growing popularity of solid-state drives (SSDs). Storage vendors have been increasingly adopting the technology to roll out fast, energy efficient arrays and caching appliances for data centers.

In recent months, companies like Nexsan and Tegile have enlisted SSDs to give their storage systems a performance edge. HP is leapfrogged disks completely with its LeftHand P4900 array by going all-SSD. Now, Morphlabs followings suit by bringing the performance-enhancing storage tech to private cloud providers.

Winston Damarillo, CEO, Morphlabs, states, "With the Dell PowerEdge C Series platform, we have the largest amount of processing power directly attached to storage, allowing us to eliminate traditional SANs."

Also giving mCloud DCU a leg up on traditional storage architectures is PowerEdge C's compact, energy-efficient design, which is central to the cloud startup's offering and helps offset SSD's lofty prices. The head start provided by the amount of systems integration done in advance offers benefits, too. It allows businesses to "deploy dynamic private cloud solutions within weeks," according to the company.

Technology aside, Dell's global reach emerges as a big reason for partnering with the technology giant on clouds. According to Morphlabs, "Dell DCS also provides Morphlabs with the ability to execute globally and the platform is now deployed in the United States, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines."

Morphlabs' mCloud DCU is available via partner cloud services providers like Alchemy Communications and Pratesis. mCloud DCU is also offered as traditional, direct-to-enterprise rack systems.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributor to the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Previously, he served as a managing editor for the Internet.com network of IT-related websites and as the Green IT curator for GigaOM Pro. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

This article was originally published on March 27, 2012